25 Jun TORONTO
I cannot believe I had never been to Toronto before! It took me 30 years to visit and I am SO glad I did! It is such an amazing city with so much to do, amazing food, entertainment and the best city energy!
Clark planned a little getaway weekend to celebrate my 30thBirthday and we had the best time. I could have spent a whole week there; but only having 48 hours, I will share with you our trip highlights!
Being a travel advisor, it’s hard to go somewhere and only stay at 1 hotel, so we split our time between two spots. (I would highly recommend both!)
The first night we checked into the Shangri-La. Located in the heart of downtown, next to Soho House and Momofuku, a David Change empire of restaurants (which are all amazing); it is the perfect location to be in the hustle and bustle of the city. The service at the hotel was top-notch. They were aware I was celebrating my birthday and went out of their way to make me feel so special. When we arrived we got escorted to our room by Christine, who was our point of contact for our stay. She was fabulous and was at our service for anything we needed. When we entered the room, I was greeted with birthday balloons, fresh juices from @villagejuicery, champagne, fresh fruit and a special birthday dessert.
It was such a thoughtful touch. We stayed in a premier room and it had the most amazing views, especially from the bathroom soaking tub.
Knowing I was a health coach, they made special arrangements in the fitness center and pool for our stay as well. The Spa – Caudalie, was also beautiful; although we did not have time to take advantage of any services, I would love to next time! The hotel provide yoga mats in our room so I was able to do my own yoga practice in the morning, which was perfect! The hotel also offered yoga and other fitness classes which is very convenient. The lobby has live music every night, which was nice to enjoy after we got back from dinner. We also had breakfast at Bosk the next morning, which is the restaurant located in the hotel and it was delicious! I had a green smoothie and Clark had the Classic breakfast. Our stay was fabulous and I would recommend this property to anyone traveling to Toronto who is looking for a luxury accommodation downtown.
The next day we checked into the Four Seasons in Yorkville, which is located north of the downtown hustle and bustle. The hotel is fairly new, (built in 2012) and is beautiful! It has the classic Four Seasons décor with a modern feel featuring grey/nude tones throughout. We stayed in a premier room on the 21st floor; which is the top floor of the hotel. The views were spectacular. The room was spacious with floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful soak tub. ( I am a sucker for a good tub). The service was wonderful, anything we needed they were very accommodating as all Four Seasons are. I actually got a stain on my nice sweater and they laundered it the same day and were able to get it out. I was very happy!
Spa at the Four Seasons:
We made arrangements to have a couples massage so we were able to take full advantage of the spa facilities. The Spa is 30,000 square feet and features an in-door swimming pool, whirlpool, outdoor terrace with lounge chairs, and elegant change rooms with steam room and relaxation lounges. We settled in with plush robes and relaxed in loungers prior to our service. Before our massage they had us smell 5 different aromatherapy oils and choose the one that we were most drawn to. Then we selected our music from 6 different selections. This made the service and experience feel very personal. The massage was wonderful and just what we needed after walking 8 miles around the city! Afterwards we relaxed on the terrace and soaked up some sun.
Things to do:
We did not have nearly enough time to do all that Toronto offers, but what we did do, we loved every moment of it!
Kensington Market – so unique. definitely a worth a walk through when visiting toronto. We spent the afternoon walking around the streets, shopping around, and eating delicious vegan treats and lunch.
Queen West – Great shopping and a fun neighborhood to explore!
King Street West – Another great street to explore with bars, live music, restaurants, cafes, shopping etc.
The Detox Market – There is a location in Yorkville. This place is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G for all CLEAN skincare and beauty products!
The Rock Store – The most beautiful crystal shop. If you believe in the healing power of crystals, you must stop here!
Places to eat:
We had the BEST food in Toronto! They sure know what they are doing with their cuisine. It was so easy to find fresh delicious places to eat, as well as gf/vegan options everywhere!
Fresh Restaurants – We had lunch here the first day we arrived in town. Clark had a “bbq chicken” wrap and I had the superfood salad with a green juice. It is all plant based and delicious!
Calli Love – There are several locations around the city. We enjoyed one of their smoothie bowls which was so refreshing after a long day of walking around the city!
Planta – A fan favorite for Clark and I. We have also been to the Miami location as well. This restaurant knows how to prepare delicious vegan food. I had a burger (that I would imagine tastes like a “real” burger – or so Clark said so!), a fresh beet juice, the watermelon poke and Clark had the special which was a calzone. We also shared an amazing key lime cheesecake. We got it to go and enjoyed it back at the hotel while we ordered a movie in bed starring out at the city lights. (we are real party animals, I know ;-))
La Palma– The cutest, quaint Italian restaurant. Venice beach inspirited decor with fresh italian meals. Again, amazing food. We shared a ton of the vegetable sides as well as the lamb chops and the halibut! They serve meat, but are incredibility accommodating to any allergies or preferences!
Urban Herbivore – Located in Kensington Market, this is a plant-based “make your own salad” paradise. My instagram buddy turned bff @eatwellwithsari was in town and took Clark and I here for lunch and it was so delicious.
Almond Butterfly – The cutest gluten free cafe and bakeshop. We loaded up on some cookies and muffins for the car ride home 😉
The Organic Press – 100% organic juices and treats! They have daily energy balls they were amazing!
Greenhouse Juice – A local juice company that distributes their juice around the city as well as has some shops. Fresh, delicious, organic cold-pressed juice and nut milks. I also had there oatmeal and chia pudding which was the bomb.
Where to work out:
Although we did not have enough time to check out a work out class, I walked by these 3 studios that I LOVE and would love to go to next time I am in town!
Barrys Bootcamp / SoulCycle / Barre 3
I hope this guide is helpful next time you are traveling to Toronto! Feel free to comment below on your favorite Toronto spots! I would love to hear!